Published: Wednesday, May 15 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Trauma? Was there "trauma"? That's an interesting use of that
word.Yes, the contractor failed to build a road properly.Yes, those that should have inspected the process failed to do their job.What is the solution? Aren't their rules and guidelines that must
be followed when a road is built? How about comparing the process used by the
contractor to the rules and guidelines used by the government inspector? If the
contractor failed to follow those rules, and if those government employees, who
inspected the road, failed to see that the rules and guideline were not being
followed, how about firing all of those government inspectors and then using the
bond required of that contractor to rebuild the road? Since that contractor
seems incapable of doing the job properly, it only stands to reason that his
bond should be used by another contractor to do the necessary repairs.
But I thought that private companies always did everything right and government
did everything wrong?? So of course when a private contractor makes mistakes the
conservative Deseret News places the blame on the government entity because we
could never possibly blame private business over government.
When Made In America meant it was made to last, as the industry is out sourced,
nothing is any more. I expected to only buy 1 fridge, washer and dryer, dish
washer when I got married, man was I wrong. Every thing is built to fail as soon
as the warranty is up. Road construction is the only thing left to do. and seems
that they need job security too.
I agree with Mike R., a thorough review of the bidding process (a little family
history search may turn up some relatives or bid donors to legislator campaign
funds - but I digress), and the inspection process which would include logs,
reports and reviews is in order. The process need to be in public and under
oath, with penalties for perjury. Also look into competence
training for inspectors, and those who assigned them to inspect the project.
Sometimes inspectors are forced into roles for which they are not qualified but
assigned to avoid contracting out the role to private qualified people.Where was the governor in all this? The problems with this project were not
hid under a bushel, it was in the news a lot.I accept that trying
something new i.e., the special lanes to I-15 and fancy overpasses can be a bit
daunting, but somewhere people should have had their heads up out of the sand
and been on top of the problem.
How can you hold business accountable when you're so busy handing out
taxpayer money to hush up the losing contractors from spilling the beans on your
corrupt awarding process? Remember folks, these contractors weren't
rewarded to do these projects because their plans were so great. They were
rewarded these plans depending on how much they contributed to the
governor's campaign fund.
isrred"But I thought that private companies always did
everything right and government did everything wrong??"Silly
argument. If this had been a privately funded and operated toll road, the
private company that contracted the road construction would certainly have been
more diligent than UDOT has been in inspecting the construction work to ensure
that the road was built according to industry standards.
Big Gubberment at its finest.....even in conservative Utah we have RINO's
who tow the LIBERAl agenda Party Line(Huntsman/Herbert. Turn the entire project
over to the private sector and dissolve UDOT!
The company that did this project also did the North County Boulevard project
which was about 2 to 3 miles long in Highland. It took them over a year and a
half to complete this project and they cut residential phone lines a couple of
times and the man hole covers stick up and are not level with the road its like
going over a speed bump. I really believe the cheapest bid is not always the
best bid for the money tax payers have to pay if the job is not done right the
first time. I sometimes wonder if this company even knows how to build a road
that is safe and done with quality workmanship.
They also need to redesign a curve that goes under the overpass (westbound). It
is dangerous and will be especially so in the winter. I can't believe they
let that one go...
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